I am holding in my hands a copy of Brian Glasser’s Zawinul biography, In A Silent Way. It should be released for retail sale next month. According to the book’s introduction, the idea for In A Silent Way came about sponteneously during one of many interviews Glasser conducted with Zawinul. Originally conceived of as a ghosted autobiography, production plans were put into place only to have Zawinul’s schedule become so hectic that Glasser pushed forward on his own.
I haven’t had a chance to do much more than skim bits and pieces, but it is evident that Glasser did his homework. The bibliography includes several personal interviews with Zawinul, as well as virtually everyone he has worked with that is still alive—more than 70 individuals in all.
More after I’ve had a chance to read it from beginning to end.